Biggest Full Moon of 2018 Shines in Spectacular New Year's Photos

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Tyler S. Leavitt captured this image of the bright full moon in the cloudy Las Vegas sky on Jan. 1, 2018. (Image credit: Tyler S. Leavitt)

Skywatchers got a glimpse of a spectacular full moon this New Year's Day — the largest the moon will appear in 2018.

Although the "biggest full moon of 2018" doesn't look that different from a typical full moon — it is at the moon's closest point in orbit, called perigee, but it appears a bit bigger and brighter than other full moons — the beautiful lunar appearance let viewers ring in the new year anyway. [See our full gallery of the Jan. 1 supermoon here!]

Gianluca Masi, an astrophysicist with The Virtual Telescope Project, caught some moon views from Rome, where the livestreaming telescope followed the lunar event:

On Jan. 1, Frank Job captured this shot of the largest full moon of 2018 passing over Toronto: "Multiple image composite," he told in an email. "All images taken at 200mm f8 with varying shutter speeds to maintain moon brightness. City brightened in post." (Image credit: Frank Job)

Frank Job sent this multiple-image composite of the full moon over Toronto, using varying shutter speeds to keep the moon at the same brightness and also brightening the city in post-processing.

Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, of The Virtual Telescope Project, photographed the full moon over Rome on Jan. 1, 2018. (Image credit: Gianluca Masi)

Tyler Leavitt, photographing the moon from Las Vegas, told "It was a rare cloudy night here in Las Vegas; still a couple cool photos of the supermoon rising between the clouds and palm trees."

Tyler S. Leavitt photographed the full moon in the skies of Las Vegas on Jan. 1, 2018. (Image credit: Tyler S. Leavitt)

Alexander Krivenyshev sent gorgeous images of the moon above New York's Empire State Building from Hoboken, New Jersey:

Alexander Krivenyshev took this photo of the Jan. 1, 2018, full moon from Hoboken, New Jersey, showing it shining over New York's Empire State Building. (Image credit: Alexander Krivenyshev/

On Jan. 1, the moon appeared 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when the full moon is at its farthest point from Earth. The next full moon, which will occur on Jan. 31, will be at the moon's closest approach as well (although it won't be quite as close as it was on Jan. 1) — and it will present a total lunar eclipse! On that day, skywatchers will see the moon turn blood-red as it passes through the shadow cast by the Earth.

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Sarah Lewin started writing for in June of 2015 as a Staff Writer and became Associate Editor in 2019 . Her work has been featured by Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, Quanta Magazine, Wired, The Scientist, Science Friday and WGBH's Inside NOVA. Sarah has an MA from NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and an AB in mathematics from Brown University. When not writing, reading or thinking about space, Sarah enjoys musical theatre and mathematical papercraft. She is currently Assistant News Editor at Scientific American. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahExplains.